Scottville is located on the Pere Marquette River in western Mason County at the junction of northbound US-31 and US-10. This city is known for its famous clown band, which plays at events in many cities every year. Scottville's economy is supported by agriculture and tourism. The Pere Marquette River runs through city park on the south side of town, a good place for camping, canoing and summer fun, including the Annual Rubber Ducky race in July.
Scottville's recorded history began in 1874 when the town was mapped as a station on the Pere Marquette Railroad. It was first called Mason Center because of its location in the county.
Later, it was renamed Sweetland, after James Sweetland, who built a sawmill there in 1878. Sweetland sold the mill a year later to Hiram Scott. Scott officially platted the land in 1882 and named it after himself. It was incorporated as a village in 1889 and as a city in 1907.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,266 people, 525 households, and 345 families residing in the city. The population density was 866.5 per square mile (334.8/km²). There were 574 housing units at an average density of 392.9/sq mi (151.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.47% White, 0.63% African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 1.26% from other races, and 2.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.82% of the population.
There were 525 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,750, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $26,583 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,703. About 15.5% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.8% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.
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